Screenings and events during the week of Feb. 13 include Valentine’s Day fare; the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash” and other contenders; the Seattle Asian American Film Festival; and more.
If you don’t feel the need to see “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there are plenty of other movie options for the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend.
On Saturday, Feb. 14, Cinerama shows “Gone With the Wind,” the 1939 Civil War soap opera starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, at 11 a.m.; Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1955 movie version of the Damon Runyon/Frank Loesser musical “Guys and Dolls” at 4:15 p.m.; and Billy Wilder’s 1959 gender-bender “Some Like It Hot,” with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, at 8 p.m. Then, starting Sunday, Feb. 15, quite a few Oscar nominees will be shown, including “Whiplash,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Selma,” “Birdman” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.” For details, go to cinerama.com.
The Varsity Theatre in the U District reopens Friday, Feb. 13, now under the management of Far Away Entertainment. The films showing opening week are all Oscar nominees: “Foxcatcher,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.” Ticket prices range from $6.50-$10.25. 4329 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-632-7218 or farawayentertainment.com).
The SIFF Cinema Uptown will show the 2010 comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, and Hal Ashby’s 1971 comedy “Harold and Maude” (with a preshow Cat Stevens singalong) at 6:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 13-15. Ticket prices vary. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-9996 or siff.net).
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Over at the SIFF Film Center is the 2014 documentary “Monk with a Camera,” about Nicholas Vreeland becoming a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and a film version of the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of “Treasure Island.” Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center (206-324-9996 or siff.net).
Ursula Liang’s documentary about a Chinese-American sport, “9-Man,” will screen as part of the Seattle Asian American Film Festivalat 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Liang will be in attendance. Tickets are $8-$11. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (seattleaaff.org). The fest runs through Feb. 15.
Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim comes to Pacific Lutheran University with her documentary “The Square,” which takes a look at the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, on Thursday, Feb. 19. The film screens at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion. Admission is free. 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma (253-535-8752 or plu.edu/wang-center/chrisstevens).
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents a free screening of the documentary “Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, followed by a panel discussion. 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-4758 or langstoninstitute.org).
The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series shows Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” about orca whales in captivity, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (meaningfulmovies.org).
And romance is in the air this week at Central Cinema. It’s screening Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical “Moulin Rouge!,” starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, and Tony Scott’s 1993 Bonnie-and-Clyde thriller “True Romance,”with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (central-cinema.com).